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Our Projects

Preserving the alps

A broad philanthropic goal

The Alpine Eagle Foundation’s motto is “Preserving the Alps”, an explicit, broad and philanthropic goal. In addition to the original project, which focused on reintroducing the golden eagle into its natural habitat, broader objectives are pursued, aimed at raising awareness, mobilising support and taking action on behalf of the entire Alpine massif and the life it shelters.

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Re-introducing the white-tailed eagle

The Alpine Eagle Foundation is proud to be involved in supporting “Les Aigles du Léman“, a project born in the mind of falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers and founded in 2009 in Sciez (France) to reintroduce the white-tailed eagle to the Alps. At the time, this proud bird had not been seen in France since 1959 (Corsica) and 1892 (Thonon-les-Bains) and hopes of a quick return seemed very slim. There were virtually no white-tailed eagles in captivity in the country and reproduction of the species in zoos was rare.

A baby eagle in its nest, next to another unhatched egg.

2009,
the first
individuals

In 2009, “Les Aigles du Léman” brought the first individuals from Russia. In 2012, the first couple was formed and took four years to reproduce.

Since 2017, new couples have been formed, gradually reproducing annually, joined by nine pairs in 2021, including five breeders, thanks to the cooperation of French (Puy du Fou, Amnéville) and European (Veldhoven) zoos.

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on the back
of the eagle

Today, white-tailed eagles from the “Aigles du Léman” project have been seen from the Eiffel Tower, the Burj Khalifa, the Olympic Stadium in London, in Vienna, Berlin and Rotterdam…

While images from cameras on the backs of our birds have revealed a unique point of view of the great glaciers of the Alps, the deserts of the Middle East and the Greek islands…

Leveraging research, consultation, webcam observation and a policy of continuous improvement, the project has gained specialist and public approval alike – strongly reinforced by the discovery of the most recent babies at the Thonon-les-Bains park…

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Leveraging research, consultation, webcam observation and a policy of continuous improvement, the project has gained specialist and public approval alike – strongly reinforced by the discovery of the most recent babies at the Thonon-les-Bains park…